“Everybody has a part of her body that she doesn’t like, but I’ve stopped complaining about mine because I don’t want to critique nature’s handiwork … My job is simply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece.” — Alfre Woodard, Actress, 65.
“I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something, then there’s nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.” — Cicely Tyson, Actress, 93.
“Be lovable. I’ve lived a long life because there are so many people who love me. ” — Justina Sotomayor Born May 1913
I believe one of the biggest misconceptions about retirement is that it is a time to sit back and do nothing. This is a very dangerous idea. Let me tell you why.
One of the most important things we can do throughout our lives is move. I’m not talking about extreme workouts at the gym — just doing something to get our bodies moving. Get up out of the chair at least once an hour and just stretch or walk around a little. Instead of spending break time glued the phone, go outside and get some fresh air.
The more we sit the more difficult and painful moving can become. But then when we decide we are going to move, we tend to overdo so it becomes more difficult and painful to move making it less likely we will do it again. Thus the cycle begins.
I am always shocked when I hear someone say “I walked enough when I was younger. I don’t want to now. I’m retired.” Of course that is their choice, but it is a choice they will pay for with decreased mobility, increased pain and of course medical bills.
In addition to moving our bodies it is important to keep our minds active. Talk to interesting people, learn something new, start a new career or a hobby, play games, volunteer in your community.
Begin building healthy habits early in life then don’t stop when you retire. Don’t just sit there, do something! It’s never too early and it’s never to late.
“Keep kosher.” — Rose Strassburger Born June 1912
” Sleep well, try not to worry, and enjoy good dreams.” — Haruo Ito Born April 1912